The late DMX [Courtesy]

DMX’s family have warned his fans not to donate cash to people claiming to be helping pay towards his funeral. The rapper - real name is Earl Simmons - died on Friday after he went into cardiac arrest earlier in the month and was rushed to White Plains Hospital, north of New York City.

But his family has told TMZ that any claims they need help to pay for his funeral are wide of the mark. Family members have told the publication that they are absolutely not raising money and informed the site that they want the public to know any campaigns suggesting the contrary are completely fake and have no connection to the family.

The family also said they had no plans to sell any DMX merchandise at this time and anyone doing so didn't have authorisation from them. They made it clear that they do not want to profit from the 50-year-old's death.

And another rumour they shut down to the site was that Jay-Z and Beyonce were buying the rapper's masters for $10 million and were going to hand them back to his 15 kids. When news of DMX's passing first broke, fans were quick to create a makeshift memorial outside of the hospital.

They took to the streets to play his music and breakdance while gold balloons were placed outside the hospital gates spelling out DMX. And celebrities were also quick to share their condolences.

Oscar nominee Viola Davis shared a smiling picture of the star and wrote: "RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones." Gabrielle Union, meanwhile, shared: "No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X's family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating. #RIPDMX."

Viola Davis shared her condolences following DMX's death. [Courtesy]

DMX first broke through to the music scene in 1998 when his first studio album, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot, debuted at number one. His final song, a track called 'X Moves', appeared on streaming services on the same day he died.